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good morning. it is thursday, september 13, 2012. welcome to cbs "this morning." breaking news -- protesters storm another embassy in the middle east. >> president obama hits back hard at governor romney for criticizing the first response to the protests in egypt. is china trying to hack into america's phone system? john mill hear details on that, and why doctors can be so wrong so often about who has alzheimer's. but we begin "this morning" with a look at today's eye-opener. your world in 90 seconds. pro testers in yemen stormed the u.s. embassy there. the seal removed, the american
flag torn down and burned. breaking news. another american embassy attack in the middle east. >> protesters on the embassy's ground but did not enter the building. >> police trying to deal with the anger in cairo as well firing tear gas into a rock-throwing crowd. as the u.s. eyes terror behind the libyan attack. >> four americans murdered including u.s. ambassador christopher stevens. a pro-al qaeda group is the key suspect now. >> the pentagon is moving two warships to the libyan coast. >> bottom line, this is a terrorist taunt. what appeared to be an apology for american principles. that was a mistake. >> baesed on the statement from the u.s. baes in cairo, romney accusing the obama administration as sympathizing with those who headed the attack. >> shoot first, name later. as president, you can't do that. outside los angeles, bank robbery suspects made it rain all over the streets.
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country and city two days after the american ambassador to libya and three of its staff were killed. this morning the target is the american embassy in yemen's capital. guards fired weapons in the air as hundreds of demonstrators chanting "death to america" stormed the embassy compound. yemeni officials and the u.s. say no casualties reported. meanwhile, protests are escalating today in other cities at the u.s. embassy in cairo. egyptian police are using tear gas to drive away demonstrators. holly williams is in cairo. holly, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. well, some of the protesters here in cairo seem to have stayed on the streets all night. egyptian riots, police succeeded in pushing them back several hundred yards from the u.s. embassy but they show no sign of leaving. we're hearing another large-scale demonstration is being planned for tomorrow. these demonstrations assumed
many muslims found oh offensive. in cairo the protests turned into running street battles. young men throwing stone, fighting the egyptian riot police who countered them with tear gas. two nights ago, egypt failed to stop protesters from breaking into the u.s. embassy and tearing down the american flag. today, egyptian president vowed to protect foreign embassy, but he also criticized those who insult the prophet muhammad. a reference to the video that's caused so much anger. and now the outrage is spreading to the american embassy in yemen and also into libya where protesters gathered outside the u.s. embassy waving the black flag favored by islamic militants. in the last few hours, president obama telephoned the egyptian president, a statement from the white house said that he stressed the need for the
egyptian authorities to help protect american diplomatic facilities and personnel. charlie, nora? >> holly williams, thank you. two american warships and elite united nations of the united states marines are on their way to libya this morning. investigators are already there looking for the people who killed the four americans. in benghazi, libya, visiting the ruins, charlie what did you see? >> reporter: well, nora, ruins is a good way to describe it, because the place has been decimated. every single building, every single room has been torched, everything inside smashed to pieces or taken out. really, there would have been no place to hide in that compound. when you talk to libyans here you hear the same thing. everybody is heartbroken. they're saddened, shocked by what's happened. they say that they're ashamed of what's happened. they say the ambassador is a personal friend to the libyans. he was here for growth, to show there is a stable future
forelibya, ironically, and they held a pro-american rally last night here in benghazi to reinforce those sentiments. so, you know, even days after this event, there is a sense of shock, of anger at those behind it, and the investigation now continues to find out who was behind these killings. the libyans tell me this was directed by al qaeda. this could not have come out of anger from the libyan people. >> charlie, will we see a coordination between the fbi and american official who are coming and the libyan security officials in benghazi? >> reporter: yes, from what we understand that investigation is already under way. interestingly, we didn't see investigators at the compound. yes, they are spreading out throughout the benghazi area in the hunt for the people that are responsible for this, but the eyewitnesses we spoke to said it
was a rally. it was an anti-american protest, but it was largely peaceful. what happened after that seemed to have been guided, and it wasn't out of anger. this wasn't a rally or an anti-american protest that exploded. this seemed to be an attack on the u.s. consulate. >> thank you very much. senior correspondent john miller, senior director of national intelligence along with lara logan. good morning. what do we know about the people behind the attack in benghazi? >> not much. i mean, right now we're in the stage, a critical stage, of attribution, which is how do we figure out who it was if it wasn't a spontaneous mob? given the equipment, the weaponry, the organization of the people who showed up after the demonstrators with the guns, it's much more likely it was an organized group. two key suspects. al sharia of libya, a group involved in these kind of things before they took an unusual step yesterday of holding a press
conference not to deny the attacks but deny involvement. the other, abdul arakman, named after the blind sheikh in prison for the bombing of the first world trade center, an al qaeda affiliate. that have been behind two similar attacks against the british consulate involving rocket propelled grenades. again, they're sorting where the human intelligence, the physical evidence on the ground and the signal intelligence they picked up out of the air take them. >> what would you add to your own knowledge of the area and these people who john just identified? >> well, you know, charlie, it's interesting, because from a legal point of view, it's critical for us to identify these people. the fbi is busy trying to gather evidence now so the people can be prosecuted and held accountable in the way that americans recognize. through the legal system. but if you talk to intelligence officials, what they're far more interested in at this point is looking at it from a strategic
point of view, from an intelligence point of view, and they say the other side doesn't do business that way. we can put a label on this group and that group and the critical in many way, but what's also important is to look at the ideology that's fueling them, because that's the thing. it's the same all over the world, with every group that's al qaeda or al qaeda affiliated, whether haqqani in afghanistan or abdul rahman brigade. they're driven by a belief that the united states is engaged in a war with islam, and that the west is against islam. it's something that western politicians don't like to talk about and don't like to address, but it's what fuels the anger and the rage, and they're able to exploit that very easily, as was evidenced in libya, and that ideology is what's dangerous. although one particular group may have been involved in fanning the attack, the ideology fueling that kind of attack has come from a different place and it's all oevg the world.
it's a global threat, and some intelligence officials say it's not being dealt with adequately. >> an interesting piece in the "wall street journal" this morning about the ultraconservative islamist group, the inquiries, concern about this threatening the arab spring. how does this change do you think, u.s. policy in the middle east in terms of protests in libya, in egypt and now yemen this morning? >> reporter: u.s. policy in the middle east has been something of a role of the dice since the arab spring began. i mean, it's been very clear to u.s. officials, they're not in control of what's happening on the ground, and it's very unclear who is exactly in control. this is evidence in syria where there has been deep infiltration of the resistance there by islamic groups. it's clear in libya, some infiltration, no the to the degree of syria, but this is something that the u.s. just has to deal with. they don't have a choice in this. these fires were started. they were started burning across
the middle east. they brought some -- burned to the ground already and we really have no idea -- >> what many people are worried about today, what happened in yemen for both you and john. what's the likelihood, because of all the things said this morning and what we're seeing happening on the ground, that this will spread. >> oh, it's something that i think every u.s. embassy across the middle east and islamic countries everywhere, i mine, people must be very, very afraid. what's going to happen in afghanistan after friday? this is a real danger here. john, i'm sure that you agree with that one thing that sparks anger and rage across the islamic streets is embassies themselves against the prophet muhammad and their religion. there's nothing that brings muslims on to the streets in more anger and rage than that. no even a suicide bombing in a mosque brings people out this way. >> thank you john and lara. christopher stevens the first ambassador killed in the line of duty since 1979.
developing a trauma center in benghazi, one of the last people to speak with stevens, described about ominous phone call an hour before stevens died. >> i have been speaking with him, about 9:00, about arrangements for him to come to benghazi medical certainty the next morning, and he had referred me to a security detail, whether it was the regional security officer or another one of the details. something was happening, and he told me very curtly that, understandably, he was very concerned, thwhen he hung up th phone. >> there are always risk for americans serving overseas, as lee couldn't reports, stevens believes the mission was worth it. >> reporter: when libyan rebels were looking for a friend in their fight against mu mar gadhafi, they didn't have to move far to find christopher stevens. he saw is serving in the u.s.
embassy in tripoli. instead of watching the country fight, stevens boarded a cargo ship and returned to help. >> with characteristic skill, courage and resolve, he built partnerships with libyan revolutionaries and helped them as they planned to build a new libya. >> reporter: he was as much an architect as a cheerleader. quickly confirmed as ambassador, he couldn't contain his excitement. >> my name is chris stevens, and i'm the new u.s. ambassador to libya. >> reporter: he made a video introducing himself to the libyan people. most in benghazi already knew who he was. >> now i'm excited to return to libya to continue the great work we've started. >> reporter: but in that same jubilant city that had welcomed him before, came his end, just four months later. >> he risked his life to stop a tyrant, then gave his live trying to help build a better libya. >> reporter: stevens grew up in northern california, but the foreign world always beckoned.
after law school, it was the peace corps, then the diplomatic corps, serving in places like cairo, rye yaiyadh and jerusale. respected in washington both as an idealist and realist. >> chris stevens was not aware of the danger he faced. he was privy to intelligence information and other, but he went forward and did his job with a smile, the love of his country and love of the country wrn he was serving. >> reporter: his family knew the risks, too. steven mcdonald was a close college friend. >> just remember his mom saying, why are you going over there, anyway? and he said, well, mother, to help the libyan people, and to represent the united states interests in this country. such a waste. >> reporter: diplomats by their
very nature are unsung, serving far from home in sometimes remote and hostile areas. they rarely know their name. we know one now and a nation mourns. for cbs "this morning,"ee could y you lee cowen in los angeles. these anti-american protests triggered a sharp exchange between president obama and governor mitt romney. on tuesday, the u.s. embassy in cairo condemned the anti-islam movie that apparently sparked a lot of this. romney called that statement disgraceful. then in his own statement tuesday night accused the obama administration of sympathizing with the protesters instead of condemning them. after the four names were announced democrats and republicans criticized romney. they refused to back down. >> these were inappropriate. they were the wrong course to take when our embassy is, has
been breached by protesters. >> on wednesday, the president responded forcefully to romney in an interview with steve croft of "60 minutes." >> your opponent mitt romney used the attack in libya and also the sfwhags cairo yesterday to attack your policies, to go after your foreign policy. in a fairly broad-based attack. wham are your thoughts on that? >> i think most americans, democrats or republicans, understand that there are times where we step out and one of those is when we've got a direct threat to the american personnel ho are overseas, and so, you know, i think that if you look at how both republicans have reacted, most elected officials have reacted responsibly, waiting to find out the facts before they talked. making sure that our number one priority is safety and security of american personnel.
it appears that governor romney didn't have his facts right. the situation in cairo was one in which an embassy that is being threatened by major protests release as press release saying that the film that had disturbed so many muslims around the world wasn't representative of what americans believe about islam. in after effort to cool the situation down. it didn't come from me. it didn't come from secretary clinton. it came from folks on the ground who are potentially in danger, and my thought is the cut folks a little slack when in that circumstance, rather than try to question their judgment from the comfort of a campaign office. and, you know, i do have to say that more broadly we believe in the first amendment. it is one of the hallmarks of
our constitution that i'm sworn to uphold, and so we are always going to uphold the right for individuals to speak their mind. on the other hand, this film is not representative of who we are, and our values, and i think it's important for us to communicate that. that's never an excuse for violence against american, which is why my number one priority and initial statement focused on making sure that not only are americans safe but that we go after anybody who would attack americans. but there's a broader lesson to be learned here, and you know, governor romney seems to have a tendencies to shoot first and aim later, and as president, one of the things i've learned is that you can't do that. that it's important for you to make sure that the statements you make are backed up by the facts, and that you've thought through the ramifications before you make it. >> do you think it was irresponsible? >> i'll let the american people judge that. >> we'll focus on the political
fallout of the middle east attacks in our next half hour. one of governor romney's leading supporters ohio senator rob portman will be with us along with cbs news political director john dickerson. time to shoppe you some of this morning's headlines. "usa today" reports the worst may be osier for this year the west nile virus outbreak. the cdc directive says we've turned the corner and that outbreak tends to peak in late august. 118 people have died nationwide in the worst outbreak since 1999. the "l.a. times" reports the parent company of airbus, boeing's main rival, is in rival talks with dae system, the two european defense giants would create the world's largest aerospace company with more than $94 billion. the "washington post" finds more americans are giving up banking. a new fdic report says more americans are relying on check cashers and lenders to this national weather report
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all right. one of the stranger high-speed chases you'll see. these robbery suspects in los angeles started throwing cash out the window of their suv. one witness called it a neighborhood stimulus package. the crowd collecting the cash slowed down police and suspects, too, and they eventually surrenders. welcome back to cbs "this morning." but were popular on the streets. guilty but popular. we heard earlier, robin hood. president obama rejecting mitt romney's criticism of the government's first response to the egypt and libya attack pb with us, rob portman of ohio, helping governor romney prepare for his next debate playing the
part of president obama. good morning. >> good morning, how are you? >> many people are saying in comment this morning, governor romney may have acted too early and too critical, characterizing it in a negative way when he might have been able to say something positive at that time to support the president, because americans live was at stake. the president characterized it as someone who shoots first and aims second. >> well, first the statement was made the night before we knew about the deaths of those four brave americans in libya. so it was in relationship not to what happened in libya but, of course, what happened in egypt a statement from the u.s. government. the first statement that came out, and it says, at its start, we apologize. i think most americans, charlie works look at that and say, gosh, that's not the appropriate response when your embassy is
assaulted, the american flag taken down, and two islamic flags put up over american territory and lives were in jeopardy. so the statement was very clear. it just said, the american government ought not to be issues an apology. we ought to be condemning these attacks. i think about it, charlie, if the egyptian government issued such a statement or later the libyan government or the yemeni government, i think the u.s. response would have been, that's inappropriate, that this is not the time to talk about apologies for a video that the american government had nothing to do with, which was first played, as i understand it, back in july, but rather to say that these attacks were inappropriate. certainly not justified, and i think that was the essence of what he was saying. >> senator, as you know, the statement from the u.s. embassy in cairo was issued before there wb any attacks. they were issued because there was concern about protests. do you know that? >> no. i was not aware it was issued before there were any attacks.
i still think, nora, you know, it implies that somehow the attacks could be justified by, again, a video that the u.s. government had nothing to do with, that came out in july and -- >> senator, forgive me, but that is the point of this whole thing. as the president said, the u.s. embassy in cairo issued that initial statement before these protests, and way before the attacks in libya to try and cool things down. there was -- the attacks had not yet occurred. there was no apology that had taken place. >> well, it was an apology for a video, again, that we had nothing to do with. nor if it twhaen video, it might have been another video or photograph that someone had written, someone found offensive. the appropriate response, the assaults, the attacks are inappropriate. certainly we've now seen that reaction from the white house. >> are you suggesting that president obama or as mitt romney suggesting that president
obama sympathizes with those who attack our embassies? >> no. what i'm saying is, frankly, what the white house is saying now. champion is that that statement was inappropriate. and i think for governor romney having seen that statement to react as he did is the reaction that most americans would have, which is that, at a time when we have this kind of violence against american territory, the thing to do is condemn it. and not to begin by issues an apology, again, about video that had nothing to do with -- >> senator, there was nothing -- there was no condemning the attacks had not occurred. when the attacks occurred, of course the administration came out and condemned that. some of the criticism from -- peggy noonan said sometimes when really bad things happen, when hot things happen, cool words or no words is the way to go. nick burns, the former u.s. ambassador to nato, i know you know well, served under president george w. bush, you worked with as well said,
frankly, the charges romney made were not only completely untrue but reckless and irresponsible. mike rogers, republican, chair of the house intelligence committee. i'm not exactly sure what governor romney was talking about. he's a republican. saying that governor romney stepped in it. >> again when he was talking about, talking about the context of the assault, when it occurred the night before, what happened in libya, but after the assault on the u.s. embassy in egypt, the first statement the u.s. government should not be making apologies. instead condemning the attacks. a simple statement, nora. i ask you to look what the white house said tab later. they thought that was not the appropriate response. so, you know, i don't think it's all that complicated. i think you saw something that appeared to be inappropriate. because talking about an apology before condemning the attacks and made a statement about it. look, we're americans first. all of us are concerned about what's happening, not just in
egypt but now in libya, now in yemen. certainly we send our condolences to the families of these brave american whose lost their lives in libya. we need to pull together as a country, but on the other hand when there's a statement issued by the u.s. government that appears to be apologizing and implicitly saying, there must be some reason for this, you know, that concerns us, because what we want to be sure these other governments are saying to their people and that the message is clear is, that in no case are these kinds of attacks appropriate or justified, and so i think that's simply what he was trying to communicate. >> senator portman, thank you for joining us. hope to have you back. we can talk more about the debates going on. also in washington, bring in cbs news political director john dickerson. john, i know you've written a great piece about this, and give for us sort of your take of what occurred, the back and forth between mitt romney and barack obama on this. >> well, one of the challenges for governor romney in rushing
in here, it was a high-risk move, and the question is, does breaking the protocol, which is the kind of old political tradition that politics stop it's at the water's edge, was breaking with that tradition worth the risk of the potential down side, having republicans come out, not all republicans have said governor romney was wrong, certainly some have, and you mentioned some of the more high profile ones. so he took a gamble here, and that's in, in diplomacy, that's what you do. stick with the niceties of the moment or get your point across? the question is, at the end of the day, are people going to see this as a romney making a point that was so important it needed to be made at this crucial moment when things were unresolved or see this as just a naked political play? >> so when you look tat so far, how would you make a judgment about that? >> well -- >> make a political play or does it look like something else? >> well, given that the white house, as the senator said, the
administration camped down on this initial report or this initial release from the cairo embassy, so there was something wrong with the initial release. so the substantive matter had already been taken care of by the administration, which leaves just the politics. it looks like governor romney is on the wrong side of it at moment and, again, it's a tricky thing for a challenger in a moment of national crisis. >> it seems to me what they're trying to focus on is simply the apology, not anything else. john, thank you, though. has china found a back door to spy on america? john miller shows us why congress is investigating chinese cell phone suppliers trying to get a direct line to american companies. that's next on cbs "this morning." ♪ [ acoustic guitar: slow ]
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companies may be under pressure to spy on american businesses and intelligence agencies. senior correspondent john miller is back with us. john. intriguing. >> it is. something the committee's very concerned about, the house intelligence committee. chine has a long record of inserting spies, human beings from graduate students to suspected scientists into u.s. companies to siphon out valuable straight secrets. what u.s. officials are worried about now is bringing in a large chinese telecommunications company here could give the chinese government way to spy on a massive scale without ever having ever used a single human being. during the olympic, a company most americans have never heard of was buying a lot of tv time. >> building a connected world of endless possibilities. huawei. >> reporter: huawei, the world's second telecommune caucuses equipmentmaker putting its best foot forward to an american audience.
>> actually pronounced huawei. >> huawei. >> reporter: huawei has a stake in the u.s. market already. their phones found at any cricket outlet and the company did $1.3 billion in the u.s. alone in business. huawei wants a bigger stake hold in the u.s. market. the company wants to provide telecommunications systems and infrastructure to large u.s. company, and that, u.s. intelligence officials are worried, could provide china with a giant trojan horse. stewart baker is a are toer assistant secretary to the department of homeland security. he says the chinese government could pressure a chinese company like huawei to use its technology to spy on the u.s. >> if the chinese government said, your country needs you. up need to do this for your country, it's hard to imagine that a patriotic company would refuse to do that. >> reporter: what they're afraid
of. china is accused of being behind a massive effort to infiltrate u.s. companies with spy to steal corporate trade secrets. secrets worth millions, even billions, of dollars. so what if a chinese-run telecommune caucuses term was providing the very infrastructure, phone, e-mail, routers, that those trade secrets passed through every day? shawn henry is a former assistant director of the fbi core cyber security and he says there are ways to easily add what they call a back door to any system. >> the telecommunications equipment is put in place, and its purpose is to route data throughout a network, and an adversary who had control over programming that hardware or that software could potentially re-route data so that it was able to be siphoned off or used by others. >> reporter: concerns about huawei are underscored by the fact that its founder is a former high-ranking chinese
military officer. >> chair a chinese government. more control over kpips and cities. >> reporter: congressman ruppersberger launched an investigation into huawei and another company last year. >> if you're going to put your technology in our country and that allows you the ability to steal information or cyber attack or companies and citizen, then we want to protect our citizens, and that's our role, why we're doing this investigation. >> reporter: huawei says it welcomed the investigation as a chance to answer any questions. the company declined our request for an interview but said in a statement that their inintegrity was proven and huawei has not and will not jeopardize our global commercial success nor the integrity of our customer's networks for any third party, government or otherwise. sources tell cbs news the intelligence committee's final report on huawei is expected to be released in early october. cbs news reached out to four
telecommunications companies in the u.s. that use huawei technology. they declined to speak on camera, but one provider told us their company was replacing their huawei equipment due to the congressional investigation. >> do other countries do this as well? >> other countries do this as well, but from an intelligence standpoint, china is probably the largest single hostile foreign power who is also a trade partner that spends the greatest amount of time and resources doing this kind of spying. having a phone company in the middle of that gives a lot of potential. >> fascinating story.
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it is 8:00 a.m. welcome back to cbs "this morning." protesters stormed the u.s. embassy dmound yemen. the latest target's anti-american mobs. apple unveils what it believes to be the best smartphone ever made, and new evidence this morning that alzheimer is often misdiagnosed. first a look at what's happening in the world, and what we've been covering on cbs "this morning." the u.s. is now dealing with another assault this morning at the embassy in yemen. >> guards fired weapons in the air as hundreds of rock-throwing demonstrators shouting "death to america" stormed the american
compound. and elite unit of the united states marines are on their way to libya this morning. investigators are already thering whoing for the people who killed the four americans. >> the libyans tell me this was directed by al qaeda. this could not have come out of anger from the libyan people. >> the equipment, weaponry, the organization of the people who showed up after the demonstrators with guns, it is much more likely it was an organized group. >> are you suggesting that president obama or mitt romney suggesting that president obama simplified this, those who attacked our embassy? >> at a time when we have this violence against an american territory, the thing to do, condemn it. >> governor romney seems to have a tendency to be shoot first and -- >> out of the window of a stolen vehicle, making it rain all oevg the road. >> unbelievable. the greatest golfer in the world i would say. >> so would i. >> and people work really, really hard for their dreams but it's not meant for everybody. >> that's why you use -- and i
don't. >> i want to know who let you onstage. >> i'm charlie rose with gayle king and nora o'donnell. the anti-american violence in the middle east spread to yemen this morning. hundreds of protesters stormed the u.s. embassy in the capital of sanaa, got inside the compound but not inside the main building. demonstrators set cars on fire and threw rocks into the windows of security offices. they tore down the american flag, replacing it with a black banner reading, there is no god but allah. the protesters were driven away. so far no casualties reported. new demonstrations today outside the u.s. embassy in cairo, egypt. in libya, u.s. officials are trying to determine if the attack that killed ambassador chris stevens and three others was planned. two u.s. warships have been dispatched to the libyan coast and a marine unit is beefing up security at the u.s. embassy in tripoli. an fbi team will help with the investigation and the u.s.
consulate in benghazi was destroyed by fire. charlie agata visited it and saw the destruction. what was it like inside the consulate? >> reporter: well, nora, the consulate was decimated. this is not a heavily fortified compound, wasn't even a fortified compound. just a building or group of buildings on a residential street. iron gates in the front of it, and we were shown the guard shack, which is the first building you come to. that was with the vehicles around it had been bombed out completely. had been set on fire and then you go about 30, 40 yards or so into it and then the bigger building inside the consulate itself. and there is where the residences and -- or the dining room area. again, completely gutted. there are two or three other buildings within that compound. again, completely destroyed, and then as you go across an alleyway, you get to an annex. again two other buildings were
completely gutted. everything taken out. things thrown inside the swimming pool and i guess what strikes you is that the say-of-assailants were not only able to gain access into this compound without, with the security forces not putting up that much of a fight in the beginning, but they were able to remain there oh long and get out of the compound without any assailants killed or caught. >> charlie agata, thank you. and many protesters targeting batarget 'baess are angry about a movie they call an attack on islam. aegyptian christian serving jail time for bank fraud says he helped make the film. as bill wilt kehitaker reports, exact origin of the movie is a puzzle. >> reporter: the trailer for the movie, "innocence of muslims" almost unnoticed by muslims more than two months. july 1st, the day uploaded to september 8th when an egyptian
talk show host ran clips translated into arabic. the film mocks the prophet muhammad shocked the middle east triggering violence in libya and egypt. the reaction to the film was worldwide news, but its making remains shrouded in mystery. the filmmaker claims to be sam bicile, an israel living in california, but news organizations can find no record of him. there are indications he could be a man of many aliases. >> number one, not israeli. number two, his real name is not sam. i don't know his real name. >> reporter: steve klein was a consultant on the film, he describes himself as a christian activist and outspoken critic of radical islam and has no regrets about the violence tregored by the film. >> have a girlfriend. >> i know. i have heard about this. >> reporter: the firm's backers of an anonymous group of christians tied to the middle
east. shot outside l.a. on a very low budget. several actorers told cbs news they only saw their scene. they were horrified and frightened by the end result. >> i pray for the family of the lost, that lost their loved ones, and praying for the madness to stop. >> reporter: when filmmakers failed to atras hollywood's attention they turned to youtube and wanted radical islamists to take notice. in that, they succeeded. nor cbs "this morning," bill wilt kerr in los angeles. the attacks on the middle east have become a flashpoint in the campaign. good morning rmts good morning, charlie. >> it seems the romney campaign and the nominee do not -- do not plan to -- to back up on this. >> you're right. they tr not backing downing on this, carole. officially a lot of criticism but tote a lot of support from
conservatives. even those who weren't supporters in the beginning including the "wall street journal" editorial page. campaign sources tell me romney is not going to hesitate to draw these sharp contrasts with the president when he sees they go. they're going to recognize this is a combatant election site and they are ready for it. telling me this isn't romney being desperate. romney being aggressive and competitive. charlie, here's the thing. the president actually backed up romney's underlying point in an interview yesterday with "60 minutes." >> well, the president -- going to air this weekend. the president was on his way to a fund-raiser in las vegas and did an interview with steve croft and the president said romney has a tendency to shoot first, aim later, but then agreed with romney, the underlying point, the first amendment protected the rights of the anti-muslim fund-raiser, the movie, no matter how offensive was never an excuse for violence. that embassies statement seemed
to suggest otherwise. that's what triggered romney's initial statement and all of this kind of political firestorm it set off. >> they see it as an opportunity, not a mistake? >> oh, absolutely. charlie, the thing is, i mean, yesterday when i was talking to campaign sources and again this morning checking in with them, they believe that they have got to continue to draw these sharp contrasts with the president. they know this is going to be a tough fight. romney's been criticized by some even from some supporters for what they see as a timid campaign. the campaign says, that is not going to happen. they've been waiting until after the convention. this is going to be a tough fight. as i said, they are ready for t. thank you. new figures show the median income of america fell to its lowest level since 1995. according to the census bureau, median income adjusted for inflation dropped to $50,024.
half american households earn more, half less. apple's iphone 5 in the store next week. the new smartphone unveiled wednesday. the editor at large is with us now. brian, should we plan to run to the stores next week? >> you know, it's funny. yesterday was kind of the hype event. looking for the most amazing new thing ever, and the iphone evolved. it was not a revolutionary new phone. so a little bit of a letdown in corners around that, but i point out when consumer, the same ones perhaps disappointed yesterday go out to spend their own money when their contract is up next they look for a different set of attributes which i think apple did deliver on. serious improvement even though they weren't real flashy. >> i'm sorry. brian, i'm looking at video and not seeing you. i thought you were not there. so what about the new ipad? any information as to when they may come forward with that?
>> you know, charlie, we had a very slight expect thags we might see the new ipad yesterday. and obviously ke been. that wasn't a big letdown or a left turn. we would expect it perhaps in october. apple has pressure now to release something smaller and more affordable. the ipad is still a very expensive, $500 and up. not in the realm for a lot of people. certainly in this economy, but at any point. this is where a less expensive device i think will be almost certainly coming from them. not just cheaper. more portable. these seven-inch tablets, folks are finding you can put them in any pocket. the ipad is a commitment to carry something that bill. i think we have a smaller one on the way. >> brian, one question. back it iphone for a second. i saw a story in the news, they said, maybe this will even help the economy. do you see this could possibly break sales records this time? a lot of people are on the fence whether to go out and get it? >> here's what's really happening. the iphone is going to possibly be the big of the iphone apple's
ever had. not so much because it was an amazing increment. a nice, solid improvement. because apple is building into an increasing cell phone around the world. maybe at 40% cell phone carriers globally have a cell phone. a lot of conversion head room to get rid of the flip phone and buy a smartphone. a lot of running room for applened a the android phone and also burgeoning microsoft windows phones. i don't know apple will have a huge mission increase but a lot of tide that will flow on those. >>
a new study says doctors are often wrong when they diagnose alzheimer's disease and the actual medical problemy may be treatable. we'll have a top alzheimer specialist about that when cbs "this morning" continues. we'll be right back. i'm bonnie, and this is my cvs. i don't have time for the flu. that's why i'm knocking things off my to-do list. vitamin d, done! hand sanitizer, done! hey, eric! i'm here for my flu shot. sorry, didn't make an appointment.
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in this morning's "healthwatch," misdiagnosing alzheimer alzheimer's, the disease affects more than 5 million americans. a recent study found up to 30% of patients diagnosed with alzheimer's did not, did not, really have it. >> doctor murali dori swamy is with us, a specialist at duke university medical center. nice to see you, doctor, and welcome. >> thank you. >> when you hear the statistics, 30%, sounds like alzheimer's is
easy to misdiagnose. true? >> absolutely. not just family doctors who misdiagnose. even experts can. i'm concern experts misdiagnosed it. >> why do you -- >> why did it happen? >> more than 100 conditions that can mimic alzheimer's and we don't have the a good way to look inside the brain. so the definitive gold standard diagnosis of alzheimer's is autopsy. recently, a new phet scan came out to image the plaque that builds up. unfortunately, it's not yet widely available and not yet reimbursable. hopefully things will change and that scan will make the diagnosis a lot more accurate. >> so it mimics other things apparently, like -- >> there's more than 100 conditions. the common conditions that can mimic alzheimer's are things such as strokes. small silent strokes. these are not strokes that people are aware of that's caused paralysis, speech or limb paralysis, tine e strokes that occur just in the memory sent of
the brain. you don't know you had a stroke. what we call slet strokes. depression, thyroid deficiencies and chronic alcoholism. >> there is research going on in alzheimer's. where is it leading, beyond the idea of diagnosis? >> the key is, if you can make an accurate diagnosis, an early, accurate diagnosis, we want to intervene before a lot of brain damage already sets in. >> what can you do to intervene? >> there are two types of drugs that are in development to attack what's called the plaque sen it tangles that build up in the brain. the two things that attack the brain in alzheimer's. still in clinical trials with these drug, promise but setbacks. i think we have reason to be cautiously optimistic. >> within a short term or a longer term? >> in the next five years we'll see some breakthroughs coming out. in the short-term, four
symptomatic treatments already on the market that can provide symptomatic cognitive relief. that means, you take it, it's & not a cure but can perhaps slow the cognitive losses. >> we're making dramatic progress in terms of invasive treatment of the bryant. are we? >> yes and no. there is a tech knoll that's coming out called deep brain stimulation where there are certain memory centers deep in the brain that doctors hope to implant a pacemaker to actually stimulate and see if they can bring back lost memories. it's still in the experimental phase. >> nice to see you, doctor. >> thank you. kate middleton made a speech in malaysia. first time outside of britain. how did she do? we'll tell you next on cbs "this morning." "cbs healthwatch" sponsored by bayer aspirin. take charge of your heart health. my brother doesn't look like a heart attack patient. i'm on a bayer aspirin regimen. [ male announcer ] be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen.
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car. gayle? you've seen that before, right? >> he did not look familiar. you recognize him? don't know that guy. >> i didn't get a close enough look. welcome back to cbs "this morning." thapts the reason. prince william and his wife on stop number two of their tour. much of the attention on kate but for a different reason than usual. >> seth doane reports on the royal visit to kuala lumpur, malaysia. >> reporter: kate's first overseas speech. whether it's talk about her wardrobe -- talk are pregnancy rumors -- or the talk of how she's handling the royal spotlight, about the duchess of cambridge, but we hardly heard kate talk much at all. today the duchess selected this hospice in malaysia to give her first overseas speech. >> this is a very special place,
and so much is already being achieved. it has been wonderful meeting the patients, families and all the staff here. two-minute address narrowly focused on her charitable works with heavy on plentries and at times almost timid. she showed she's still finding herself at a public speaker representing queen and country. >> -- with the support, care and enhancement at a time of great need is simply life-changing. >> reporter: for kate, whose life changed from royal commoner to royal duchess and international diplomat, life at the lectern is relatively new. in november of 2011, barely six months after they were married, a reporter's question about famine in africa left her flustered. >> i'm struggling, and a huge amount still has to happen with
hundreds of children still malnourished at the moment. regard few months later at her first solo public event at the national portrait gallery, she did not speak publicly at all, but public interest only intensified. in march, kate gave her first public speech, which was also at a children's hospice, and less than three minutes in length. >> i'm really sorry that william's not here today. he would love it here. >> reporter: today's speech overshadowed much of the rest of the day's activities for the royal couple. they started the morning at a war memorial for british soldiers in singapore. then it was on to malaysia with lunch with the prime minister and a tour of the hospice before her big speech. kate appears to be getting more comfortable, but today's speech was a safe one and showed she's not taking many risks as the entire world watches on. today she discussed an issue
quite close to her. 240e ma though many may have paid more attention to how she performed than what she actually said. for cbs "this morning," seth doane, kuala lumpur. >> can you imagine the pressure she must feel, nora, really? >> that's what i thought. an enormous amount 6 pressure. clearly very lovely and focusing on children's issues. >> i think when you talk about the children, you can never go wrong. >> right. that's right. >> gets an a-plus-plus from me. a decade ago, a young willed oh with three kids decided to channel her grief into something vb pop. talking about caring about children. this morning we meet deborah, determined to change this country's educational
or friend david letterman. one of this year's kennedy center honorees. go, dave pchb announced yesterday. the others oscar winner dustin hoffman, the rock group led zeppelin, musician buddy guy and ballerina natalya. the 35th annual kennedy centers honors broadcast on cbs on wednesday, december 26th. i'm so happy today. >> for all of us. >> you're right. for all of us. >> i have an infinity for dave. >> secretary of state come, everybody shows up in washington. >> and honoring arts and important people in arts. >> indeed. for lifetime achievement. deborah kenny, has achievement. widely regarded as one of the leaders in american education. the founder of harlem academy, harlem village academy. a network of charter public schools leer in new york city. >> kenny told a story for passion and better education and she joins us this morning. her book called "born to rise."
you say education starts with teacher, rock star good teachers in chicago you know they're having a huge problem wib a teachers' strike. can we get your thoughts on that before we talk about your book? >> sure. i think everybody understands that the strike over there is bad for children. what i don't hear anybody talking about is it's actually bad for teachers. the teachers union there, they are not serving the interests of the majority of good teachers. they're trying to protect the bottom, whether it's 10% or 20%, and what they're doing is really hurting the majority of teachers who want to be treated as professionals. and the essence of being treated as a professional is being given freedom and held accountable, and so they're undermining, i think, the best interests of teachers as well as children. having said that, the idea of evaluating teachers by a mathematical formula based on test scores i think is something that's, you know, a platform,
really essential to the platform of education reform and i disagree with that. yeah. >> so how should teachers be evaluated? >> just the same way that any other professional is evaluated. their supervisor looks at all the data, analyzes it with their expertise, takes that into account as well as their own evaluation of the person, and that's really the only way that you can effectively evaluate a teacher. this concept that there's an objective way, and that a mathematical formula, that a state government can create with essentially an evaluation bureaucracy is bs guided and going to take us in the wrong direction and we're going to end up not attracting the best people. good people don't want to be evaluated by a bureaucracy or a mathematical equation. >> do you believe this is bad for the teachers association? >> i believe that if the unions continue to fight the kind of fights that they're fighting now, then they are undermining
public education. they are against accountability and against the kinds of things that would uplift their own profession. >> tell us what you're doing in some of your schools. so many business leaders and politicians, i think it was said at one of the conventions, if you want to be pro-business, you have to be pro-education. the consensus among some of the top intellectuals in both parties we've got to focus on education and educating our kids for the be joss that we have here in this country. what are you doing in your schools? >> one of the things i noticed recently is that educators and educational experts are being left out of that national dialogue on education reform. so you're right. the politicians, and the media, and business leaders, but i think about, for example, the late great ted sizer, one of the greatest educators in our country. i don't hear the voice of the educational experts in these dialogues. >> i want people to get a sense of you, deborah kenny.
what you've done is amazing. a young widow. your husband passed away from leukemia. three little kids. decided a decided you wanted to take your life's saving and open a sdmool harlem. your friends thought you were crazy? >> right. nobody agreed with the idea that i should not have a steady job and somehow just go start something from scratch, and at the time, there were no resources, there was no support. you know, it was -- it was like bare open territory, and they all said to me, you're crazy. >> but your passion came from where? that's the thing that i want people to understand. it came from where? >> i think that anyone who's ever had a deep loss understands that you can barely lift yourself up, and at least for me the idea of helping other people and other mothers or children who had it even rougher was really the only thing that could get me up out of that, you know,
at that moment. >> out of that space. and your own three children? did you feel guilty about that? because you had three children to raise. what about their education? >> i was torn at many points, because if i had stayed with a steady income and a steady job, i could have put my own children in an elite, private school. instead, jumping into a nonprofit world, i was very torn about wanting the best for my kids but thinking about what about everybody else's kids? it was a tough decision to make. >> it the result today in looking at charter schools a mixed record, or is it something else? >> i think that the charter movement has proven that this idea that poverty is destiny, you know, that, these kids can't be educated because of their circumstance, one of the things that charter movements has done, is it's shown the world that actually teachers can accomplish incredible things for kids. >> charter schools, do they do better than public school students? >> you know, i'm not sure.
i don't know the studies inside and out, but what i do know is that i have visited hundreds of schools where time and again it is proven right before your eyes that actually if you are a passionate teacher who is given the right support, these schools can completely transform the lives of these children. one example. a young man whose brother was a drug dealer and father was absent from his life, he started our school in fifth grade. had a really hard time for two years. we wouldn't give up. he wasn't behaving. in detention all the time. when he graduated eight years later he came over to me on the night of graduation and said, if it weren't for this school, i would have been on the streets. >> i've been to harlem academy, there are thousands of examples of that. congratulations to you. >> impressive. thank you, deborah kenny. the book is called "born to rise" wherever you buy your favorite book. and after 17 novels, it
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books as he began writing 159 years ago. good morning. >> good morning. >> so tom cruise -- i am interested in the book. >> didn't know tom cruise was 65? >> no, i didn't. >> here's the thing, it's always tense when you move a character from a book to the screen. always tense. the thing is, cruise is a fantastic jack reacher. how? i don't know. he's an actor. you know? that's what they do. >> and jack reacher, tell us who he is, because jack reacher has been enormously successful for readers. >> yeah, he is. in the front story, she an ex military cop, lived his entire life in the military, now out a civilian. not really at home in the civilian world, wandering america looking at things he's never had time to see before. trying to stay out of trouble. constantly getting into trouble, fixing problems and moving on, which gives you a kind of clue. he's that very ancient hero, in fact.
mysterious loner. shows up in the nick of time, that guy, solves the problem and moves on. we've seen him in the western, in the middle ages, seen him in scandinavian targets. >> he always says the right thing. always does the right thing. said something about you, i would think. >> well, i would always love to do the right thing. we don't, but i think we would love to always do the right thing and writing a book, you can live out your wishes. it's wishful. you can say your own life you haven't necessarily been 100%. in the book, absolutely, the guy will do the right thing and people love that, because people want to do that but also be that person doing that. i think that's why he's a popular character. >> tom cruise was shooting that movie. didn't you get a bit part, too? >> i really wanted it, but i was not going to be uncool enough to ask for it, but they call immediate and said, do you want to do this scene? >> there you are. >> yeah. >> it was a lot of fun. it was -- i think the fun of
doing a movie, i was a wanted man the whole time, writing "a wanted man." the fn i was getting from the movie side shows up in the book. this book is fast and a lot of energy in this book. i think it is connected. >> how did it come about? the movie to do with cruise? did he want it or did the production kpip was looking for the right man and he turned out to be the right man? >> he was involved from the start. my approach always was to it be cautious who i sell it to. that's the only control you really good. right at the very beginning, tell it to the people you respect. his company and paramount involved in it, they had great plan, great ideas. this idea that somehow readers and hollywood are at odds is not true in this case, because in this case, hollywood are the readers. the people at the top of this movie are huge reacher fans and just as defensive of the character as i am, or any reader is. so that's why it was a happy experience, and that's why the movie is as good as it is. >> how is it on the set? because i think it happened when
he was going through the divorce, it was announced at the time while shooting. things okay on the set even after that? >> yeah. the movie was finished before that. well into postproduction by that point, and, yeah, it really had no effect. a very professional guy. hundreds of people were on the set. each of them could have been having some personal problem and you don't bring it to work. >> surprised that neither of my co-anchors mentioned this before, but -- you know what i'm going to say. don't you? >> i actually don't. >> okay. he has been quoted as saying that when you're smarter and tougher than men? >> i believe so. >> you're a genius, man! >> i know. >> but what he thinks, because that's what -- >> i actually think that, too. >> all my friends are women, all my associates are women and that's because i love them. when i sit down to write a book i'm spending six months with a made up woman, and you can bet she's going to be pretty impressive. >> i was going to say, speaking of women, it's your wife who
actually gave you the name, gave you the reacher, the idea for jack reacher, the name? >> yeah. i'm terrible at names. the one thing i'm really bad at. so i had to struggle coming up with names for the characters. even the main character. i started writing the book, we in a supermarket and my wife said, you know, every time i'm in a supermarket, a little lady asks me to reach a can. my wife said, if this writing thing doesn't work out, you could be a reacher. i thought, great name. >> writing is not your first profession? >> no. right under these earpieces. >> director. >> loved it. absolutely loved it, until one day my boss said something that made it impossible for me to continue. he says, you're fired. then is was a question of, what's next? >> the best thing that ever happened to you. >> heavily disguised at the time, but really it was. 40 is kind of a bad age to are fired. also a good age, because you've
got enough behind you. enough ahead of you. >> and people in a control room saying, maybe i could be -- >> just go for it man. write a book. >> at the time you weren't even lee child. jim brant. decided, i'm going to change my name. change my profession. first thing you did, went out, bought paper and pencil. >> that's right, and i have still got the pencil. worn down to a little stub like that. that original pencil, and, in fact, it was just flown from new york to london for a british magazine to photograph the pencil. >> no? >> yeah. that pencil has a lot of mileage on it. >> would you ever go beyond jack reacher? >> i don't want to, no. i'm the guy that writes jack reacher, and i think the familiarity in it market, that's important. i don't want to suddenly be writing something else. >> jack reacher, been very good to you. >> thank you. >> thank you, lee. nice to see you. >> can't wait to see the movie. >> yes. that does it for us.le now. up next is your local news.